Seven Awesome Life Pro Tips Seven ways to make your life better with these easy and awesome life pro tips [via Reddit LPT, Lifehacker, and... well, us!]: Save Your Email Address As A Keyboard Shortcut On Smartphones Tired of typing in your email address on your phone? Take the step of saving your email address a keyboard shortcut to easily insert your email address: Perform Quick Searches In Chrome And Firefox Save Yourself From Choking Prevent yourself from dying alone at home from having stuffed too many cheetos in your mouth by learning how to save yourself from choking: Awesome Life Pro Tips: Make Clear & Purified Ice Cubes Do your ice cubes come out opaque or weird colors?
Make a Beaded Chandelier Welcome to Dollar Store Crafts - the internet's original site for all Dollar Store Crafts! Keep track of us and never miss another awesome dollar store craft idea: Follow us on Pinterest! Subscribe for weekly Dollar Store Craft-Inspiration You might also enjoy our most popular posts:Pottery-Barn Knockoff Mirror for $11Mind-Blowing Cake Decorating Tip I made a beaded chandelier from dollar store stuff, and I'm so happy I get to reveal it today. Well, two months later, the beaded chandelier is here. Project Materials: Hanging wire basket, $16 packages of Mardi Gras-style metallic beads (about 48 necklaces), $6Light gauge wire (floral wire will work), $1Spray paint, $1Wire cutters, on hand or $1Hot glue gun & sticks, on handAdditional embellishments, as desired Total: $9 and up To Make:To prepare the beads: paint with white spray paint. Prepare the wire basket: spray paint the wire basket and chains. Wire: cut many pieces of light gauge wire at a length of about 2" or so.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Making your own homemade laundry detergent can be a great way to save on an ongoing basis. Here’s recipe that a HBHW reader submitted. Be sure to also read through the comments section below. We have quite a bit of good discussion on the topic going on and there are many questions that came up and have been answered below. What you need: All ingredients can be found at your local grocery store in the laundry isle. 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, shaved4 cups of hot water to melt the soap3 gallons of hot water1 cup of borax2 cups of washing soda1 cup of baking soda1 large Rubbermaid container about 4-5 gallons size Here’s what you do: Grate the soap into a saucepan. Add 4 cups of hot water to the pan. Add borax, washing soda and baking soda to the hot water. Add 3 gallons of hot water to the large container. Further Reading – Keeping It Clean This is a 3 ebook series that will help you spend less time and money on your laundry. Grab your copy today at
Spicy Sauteed Okra - Recipe for Spicy Sauteed Okra Sautéing okra over high heat with spices brings out its essential grassy flavor. This method also mitigates the "slime factor" that prolonged cooking or stewing can bring out. This recipe works equally well with small, young okra pods or larger okra pods cut into small pieces. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 lb. okra1 Tbsp. vegetable or grapeseed oil1/2 tsp. cumin seeds1 small onion, minced4 cloves garlic, minced1 to 3 hot chiles, halved, seeded, and thinly slicedSaltLemon juice Preparation: Rinse and trim okra. Makes 4 to 6 servings of Spicy Sautéed Okra. DIY Suds Update: If using a HE washer, our readers have suggested throwing the mix directly into the wash load, rather than the soap dispenser. Please read through the comments for more Q&As, as you have all been so wonderful to share your experiences! And if you’re looking for even more information on our DIY suds, see our sudsy update to this post, right here. The last time I purchased laundry soap, I threw a fit in the cleaning aisle and spent the drive home moaning over the high coast of detergent. First mentioned here (whew, I was on a rant that day), I decided to heck with it all, and I went and did something about it. I kid you not, the steps are even easier than getting in your car, driving to the store, and buying the 3 ingredients. While we could’ve left the mixture in the tupperware, I spruced up the display by using an on-hand Ball jar instead. Here’s the kicker – there’s enough Borax and washing soda to make something like 5 batches of this, uh, stuff.
Avoid Premature Spoiling of Fruits and Vegetables Ever wonder why your fruit bowl looks like a sixth-grade science project only days after you set it out? As some fruits and vegetables ripen, they release ethylene, a gas that can cause other produce to become spotted, soft, or mealy. To prevent this, keep ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables separate from varieties that emit the gas. Ethylene-producing Apricots Avocados Bananas Cantaloupes Honeydew melons Kiwis Mangoes Nectarines Papayas Peaches Pears Plums Tomatoes Ethylene-sensitive Apples Asparagus Broccoli Carrots Cucumbers Eggplants Green beans Lettuce and other greens Potatoes Summer squash Watermelons
Magic potion #2 By Kate on February 17, 2011 This fizzy magic potion is pretty fabulous and simply worth doing just to see the look on your kids face! My son was gobsmacked and kept shouting…”Mummy look..it’s getting bigger and fatter”! …which it does… …and it made my son a very happy chap which is cool! Click on the link below to see more! To make this fizzy potion you will need: ♥ A container (something see-through works best) ♥ White vinegar ♥ Food colouring ♥ Washing up liquid ♥ Bicarbonate of soda (aka baking soda) ♥ The enthusiasm of a child! 1. You can make a volcano using this recipe by taking a small container (like a baby food jar) and building a volcano shaped mountain around it with playdough. Try our Soap Recipes for Making Homemade Soap and easy, no-fail Recipes. HAND-MILLED SOAP MAKING RECIPES for SAGE SOAP Photo by Malene Thyssen Here is a soap that you can rebatch, call your own and here you are making soap without using lye or caustic soda. Therefore it is safe, fun and can be used for kids crafts too. Grate 2 cups of your chosen store-bought white soap, or your homemade Castile soap Place grated soap in a heat-resistant glass bowl Add 1/4 cup of water Take a pot of water simmer over a low heat. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup rubbed sage. Take a suitable mold, such as an ice cream box, which as been pre-smeared in a thin coating of petroleum jelly to ensure that your soap will be released easily. Pour your soap into the mold and place in fridge to set. Once set remove from fridge and release from mold. Once your soap is dry, cut up your bars accordingly and wrap as desired. This is a basic homemade soap recipe that you can then use to substitute sage for oatmeal, add a teaspoon of saffron or paprika for coloring etc. Grate the soap. 4 oz olive oil
Vinegar: (Almost) the Only Cleaner You'll Ever Need | The New Homemaker ost cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything (or at least, anything within their limited range of capabilities), there's a third option. It's inexpensive and not at all poisonous to humans. It's multi-purpose as well--one container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. This "miracle cleaner" is vinegar. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. The uses of vinegar are nearly endless. In this article, we are focusing on the uses of vinegar as a cleaner. Your Vinegar Spray Bottles In addition to your regular bottle of vinegar, a really useful item is a spray bottle. All Around the House 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. In the Bathroom 9. 10. 11. 12. In the Kitchen 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. In the Laundry 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Pet Care 30. 31. 32. Noël-Marie Taylor is a freelance writer located in Columbia, Maryland.
Homemade air fresheners Baking soda naturally absorbs odours, so why not take advantage of that to create simple, inexpensive air fresheners? Here's how: Use a hammer and and a nail to poke holes in the lid of a small canning jar. (The heart is a nice touch, but clearly not necessary) Fill the jar about 1/4 full with baking soda Add 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil Put lid on and place in any spot that could use some freshening. I've made several, and I use them in my linen closet, under my kitchen sink (which is where the stinky garbage can is) and in the bathroom. This powder is also useful for removing odours from carpets and upholstery. You could, of course, substitute your favorite essential oil for the lavender. NOTE: As with any cleaning product (even the reasonably safe and friendly ones), keep out of reach of children and pets.
27 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible Paper Vase/Basket? Pics! ok, so I saw a couple of these posted here and I just had to try it for myself! "Props" to the crafsters' who did it first! Here is my version of the recycled magazine vase/basket. I'm not totally sure what I will use it for. Originally I was thinking of using it as a umbrella/cane holder, but I really like how it came out and I don't want it to get trashed, so I think I am going to use it as either a plant basket or a vase...not sure yet. I used about 2 and a half issues of Cookling light magazines (about 120 pages each). and YES, I do have WAY to much time on my hands! onto the next project....what next?
Distilled Water and Soap Making You're probably curious as to why I would recommend using distilled water. The soap making process works best with water that is soft and doesn't contain excess minerals or other impurities. If you have soft water or have access to some, use it! You can tell that your water is soft if you feel like the soap doesn't rinse off when you wash. Want something a little bit different? Add the lye to the reduced amount of water and cool to about 90 degrees F. or 32 degrees C. Many other liquids can be used in place of water as well.